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GOVERNOR CUOMO CONGRATULATES 730 AMERICORPS MEMBERS AS THEY EMBARK ON A YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2013

GOVERNOR CUOMO CONGRATULATES 730 AMERICORPS MEMBERS AS THEY EMBARK ON A YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

New AmeriCorps members will provide intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic, disaster, and veteran needs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today congratulated 730 AmeriCorps members as they begin their new year of community service throughout New York State. The members, who were sworn in this week in Albany, will be dispatched to more than 40 different project sites throughout the state to assist veterans, schools and the environment through direct service.

“I am pleased to welcome all the new AmeriCorps members who will be serving communities across New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “From raising literacy rates among our children to assisting our war heroes after they return home, these AmeriCorps members will help tackle different issues in our society and enhance the lives of New Yorkers in their homes, schools and workplaces. AmeriCorps programs have served our state for 20 years, and I look forward to their service continuing to make New York State a better place.”

The new AmeriCorps members will work on a variety of issues vital to communities around the state, including veteran assistance, education, public health, and the environment. Their service includes: assisting veterans and military families in navigating various programs and job referral services; helping to improve literacy rates for school aged children; promoting healthy diets in schools; promoting environmental awareness and protection; and creating economic opportunities. Members will serve for one year and receive a small living stipend and up to a $5,550 education award, which can be applied to paying off student loans or toward tuition.

In 2013-14, there will be approximately 2,800 members serving at over 40 AmeriCorps programs statewide. These programs include:
• American Red Cross
• Blue Engine
• Cattaraugus County
• City Year New York (Diploma’s Now)
• City Year, Inc.
• Cypress Hills Local Development Corp.
• Erie Regional Housing Development Corporation, Inc.
• Genesee County Youth Bureau
• Green City Force
• Habitat for Humanity of New York State, Inc.
• Harlem Children’’s Zone
• Harlem RBI
• Jewish Institute of Queens
• Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.
• Legal Assistance of Western New York
• Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene County (Hudson Promise Corps)
• Monroe Community College
• New York Restoration Project
• North Country Workforce Partnership, Inc.
• NYC Office of the Mayor
• Oswego City-County Youth Bureau
• Reading Partners
• RF SUNY/SUNY Stonybrook
• Rural Health Network
• SCO Family of Services (Early Education Corps)
• SCO Family of Services (Sunset Park Community Corps)
• Student Conservation Association, Inc.
• The After School Corporation (Summer Works)
• The After-School Corporation (Community Works)
• The Children’’s Aid Society
• The Service Collaborative of Western New York (ABLE)
• The Service Collaborative of WNY (Opportunity Corps)
• Utica Municipal Housing Authority
• Westhab, Inc.
• Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov

AmeriCorps is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In New York, more than 68,000 members have provided more than 110 million hours of service. The AmeriCorps projects are administered by the State Commission on National and Community Service. Created by Governor Mario Cuomo by Executive Order in 1993, the Commission has been responsible for administering AmeriCorps programs in New York since the beginning of the program.

To learn more about the national AmeriCorps program, go to: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.
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